ANT1000EN - Anthropology for Everyday Life

Course description

Introduction to the basic terms, tools, and issues of cultural anthropology. Students have the opportunity to carry out and write up original research.

How this course benefits students

Equip students to both better understand other cultures and to explore their own cultural perspectives. Expand their abilities to relate effectively in our globalized world.

Why this course is important

This course introduces students to basic cultural anthropological principles and gives them a series of opportunities to develop skills in cross-cultural research. It is designed to be a stretching, edifying, and equipping experience.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Social Science Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms*
  • 2021-03 (Jan. 3, 2022 - Feb. 27, 2022)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Paul Sungro Lee, Professor of Missional Anthropology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Based on the call to be a blessing to others to share the grace of our Lord Jesus with the nations. Oriented toward Paul's attitude and approach to the Athenians.

Missionally driven

The goal is understanding another's life so we can minister and communicate in meaningful ways. This includes critical self-reflection and consideration of one's own cultural background.

Contextually informed

Students will explore the life history and theological perspectives of a cultural mentor and the student's own life. Students will consider the societal frames expressed in the interview and how it compares to their own.

Interculturally focused

Students will visit a religious service that is considerably different from their own and interview a cultural mentor.

Practically minded

This course gives students hands-on experience in ethnographic research. Students also do a series of interviews with a cultural mentor to expand their capacity to develop relationships cross-culturally.

Experientially transformed

The focus is on expeiences that will increase understanding of self, societies, and other people. Through the interviews and cultural visits, students will explore cultural similarities and differences.